CSUB to present social work workshop

May 23, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield's department of social work will host a workshop by Peter De Jong, professor of sociology and social work at Calvin College, on Friday, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Science III, room 104. De Jong will share his research and insights during a presentation titled "Solutions Focused Treatment in the Helping Professions."

De Jong's workshop will focus on integrating the solutions focused treatment after the "miracle question" has been asked.

"The 'miracle question' is used in counseling to help clients envision how the future will be different when their problem is no longer present," explained Bruce Friedman, CSUB professor of social work. "The treatment focuses on what clients want to achieve by approaching the present and future rather than the past. Dr. De Jong is one of the founders of this type of treatment and we are looking forward to learning from him."

De Jong teaches courses about social problems and has served as an individual, marital, and family counselor. He has led training sessions in solution-focused practice at both private and public mental health, family service and child welfare agencies.

The CSUB workshop qualifies licensed clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists for six continuing educations units.

Enrollment is $50 for non-field practicum instructions and $20 for students. For reservations please contact the social work department at (661) 654-3434.